Sociological studies often reveal interesting or peculiar traits of people in our society. A couple of recent studies have placed the term "thermostat patriarchy" in the news. The idea is that men are, in general, more comfortable at a cooler thermostat setting than women.

However, workplace thermostat tradition (and perhaps home as well) tends to favor male comfort, leaving a majority of women in need of workplace sweaters and under-desk space heaters. One German study even showed that raising thermostat settings caused a measurable improvement in test scores among women students.

This knowledge could be a problem for men if the resulting compromise makes women smarter. (Insert uncomfortable laugh here.) Likewise, it could become a problem for all of us if future, more tropical thermostat settings force a new, skimpier, male office dress code.

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